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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night in areas above 2,000 feet. The San Bernardino Mountains expect snow and low temperatures into the single digits and low 20s, forecasters say.
Throughout the valley areas of the county, forecasters predict temperatures will drop into the low 30s and 40s.
Stay safe and stay warm!
Volunteers will be grouped in teams of three and assigned to a deployment center in the city of their choice within San Bernardino County.
Team members will count homeless individuals and families in assigned areas throughout the county.
The purpose of a Point-in-Time count is to determine risk factors contributing to homelessness and understand the number and characteristics of people sleeping on the street, or in other places not meant for human habitation.
Valley Star High Desert Crisis Walk-In Center is moving to 12240 Hesperia Rd. (north of Bear Valley Road) in Victorville as of Dec. 8. The new center is just four miles away from the current location in a larger and newer building in a more central location. The Crisis Walk-in Center (CWIC) is for those needing immediate access to crisis mental health services, is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and is available to those of all ages experiencing significant emotional or psychological stress. It is operated by Valley Star Community Services under a contract with the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health.
The CWIC (pronounced “The Quick”) provides important services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in need of immediate crisis intervention and stabilization. It is an alternative to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, emergency rooms, and even jail. The center helps to stabilize the vast majority of individuals, preventing the need for hospitalization and/or involuntary treatment. It serves an estimated 4,000 individuals each year, and it can serve as many as 12 people at any given time.
The CWIC is voluntary and offered in an unlocked setting, with a stay of up to 23 hours. Individuals admitted into the crisis stabilization unit will be provided with services and supports to ensure their safe transition to the next level of care, or back to the community. Services include crisis stabilization and intervention, individual counseling, medication management, substance abuse treatment, family counseling, and education.
Those coming to the center may reside in the High Desert, but the center will not exclude any resident of the County of San Bernardino in need of immediate access to crisis mental health services. Services will be offered to people who walk in, call, who come in with emergency responders or law enforcement or who are brought in by friends or family.
For referrals, call (760) 245-8837 or for information, email HDCWIC@starsinc.com. TTY users please dial 7-1-1.
The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will host their 8th Annual Homeless Summit at the Ontario Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.
The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services will inform attendees of the efforts that have been made over the past year, and future program planning for the next 12 months to address the issue of homelessness in the county.
Guest speakers will include: Tom Hernandez, Homeless Services Manager, Office of Homeless Services; Sharon Green, Executive Director, Victor Valley Family Resource Center; Dan Nackerman, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino; Gary Madden, Director, United Way 211; Brianna Karp, Executive Assistant and Author, Orange County Health Authority; Josie Gonzales, Fifth District County Supervisor, San Bernardino.
For additional information, please contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225.
The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership will host Project Connect from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 25 where nonprofit medical and social service workers will provide services to low-income families and the homeless.
Free dental care, family support, housing support services, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, and employment services will be available.
Project Connect will be held at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Avenue in Colton. For more information, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.
September 8 through 14 marks the 40th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The purpose of Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day is to create awareness and provide information and education about the warning signs of suicide as well as reduce the stigma surrounding the topic of suicide. The warning signs of emotional pain or suicidal thoughts aren’t always obvious.
Suicide is real, but can also be preventable. According to the International Association for Suicide, the number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Knowing what to look for and finding the words to show concern and support may be a life-saving act.
Here are some warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or suicide
- Feeling hopeless, desperate or trapped
- Giving away possessions
- Putting affairs in order
- Reckless behavior
- Increased drug or alcohol use
- Anxiety or agitation
- Changes in sleep
- Sudden mood changes
- No sense of purpose
You’re invited to the Recovery Happens event on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 to promote wellness, recovery and resilience for San Bernardino County residents as part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in September.
The Recovery Happens event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario.
The event is a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral Health and its contracted Alcohol and Drug Service partners who will provide community participants with more than 30 resource and education booths promoting services and an opportunity to honor loved ones lost to addiction in the Circle of Love. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information about Recovery Happens, click here.
Community and faith-based organizations and the public who are interested in gaining knowledge on suicide and bullying are invited to attend a forum on the issues on June 18.
The purpose of the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum is to promote further understanding of suicide and bullying on a universal and multicultural level and to encourage mental wellness when dealing with these sensitive topics.
The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Double Tree Hilton Empire Ballroom, 222 N. Vineyard Avenue in Ontario.
The Cultural-Specific Committees of the Department of Behavioral Health in partnership with Riverside – San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. will be hosting the forum.
Keynote presentations will be made by Dulce Peña, JD, MAOD, MA, PCC; Arnold Thomas, MSW; and Patti Cotton, MA, MAOD, PCC. Along with the keynote presentations, the Suicide and Bullying Multi-Cultural Awareness Forum will be comprised of 10 culturally-specific breakout sessions and a treatment-based suicide and bullying awareness panel.
For more information, contact Imo Momoh, Cultural Competency Officer, Department of Behavioral Health, 909-252-4069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents will be provided with information, education and resources regarding mental health services in their communities. The Expo will be held at County of San Bernardino Health Services, 850 E. Foothill Boulevard in Rialto.
The Department of Behavioral Health has adopted the “Mind Your Health” theme and encourages residents – through service, education and partnership – to fully embrace the concept that health and wellness not only improve health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. May Mental Health Month was designed to raise awareness about mental illness and the importance of mental wellness for all. The Department of Behavioral Health is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating May Mental Health Month, which began in 1949. This year’s national theme is “Mind Your Health,” which is directly linked to the Countywide Vision element of Wellness.
The Expo provides an opportunity for residents to learn about mental health, services and empower themselves and others to mind their health.
The Department of Behavioral Health is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating May Mental Health Month which began in 1949. This year’s national theme is “Mind Your Health,” which is directly linked to the Countywide Vision element of Wellness.
The Department of Behavioral Health has adopted this year’s theme and encourages county residents through service, education and partnership to fully embrace the concept that health and wellness not only improve health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life.
Activities planned this year can be found at the following link: Mental Health Month Events.
More information about each of these activities will be posted at CountyWire throughout the month of May.